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Teen Who Saved Siblings From Intruders Is Why I'll Teach My Kids to Shoot a Gun (VIDEO)(AZ)
cafemom.com ^ | 25 June, 2012 | Jacqueline Burt

Posted on 06/26/2012 11:53:41 AM PDT by marktwain

How often does a story about a teenager and a handgun have a happy ending? This one definitely does: A 14-year-old boy in Phoenix saved his younger siblings' lives by shooting and critically wounding an armed intruder with a handgun. Police say the boy was babysitting his 8, 10, and 12-year-old siblings when a woman he didn't recognize started knocking on the door. Because she was unfamiliar, he didn't let her in the house ... but just a little while later, a strange man started pounding on the door. The teen apparently ran upstairs to get the handgun, and when he got back to the top of the stairs, the man broke down the door and pointed a gun at the boy and his siblings.

That's when the 14-year-old pulled the trigger, shooting the suspect in the chest. Then he grabbed his siblings and ran to a neighbor's house, where he called the police. The suspect is now in the hospital but is expected to go straight to jail once he recovers.

This story could have ended very badly if that 14-year-old boy didn't know how to shoot a gun, but he did -- and I'm going to guess he's had a decent amount of target practice, too, since he got the guy in the chest on his first try. Thank god his parents (I'm assuming) taught him the proper way to handle a gun! I'm not saying guns and kids are always a good mix -- indeed, often they're an incredibly dangerous combination. But maybe that's because kids generally aren't educated about guns and how to use them properly. I don't have a gun in my house and my kids can barely use a can opener, but if I did have a gun and they were older, I'd want them to learn how to shoot it.

Do you think it's a good thing for teens to know how to handle guns?


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: Arizona
KEYWORDS: az; banglist; defense; home
14 years old is considered a man in many cultures.
1 posted on 06/26/2012 11:53:50 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

good for him - should have learned double tap, however


2 posted on 06/26/2012 11:58:37 AM PDT by Squidpup ("Fight the Good Fight")
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To: marktwain

No information about the intruders? Who are they and why did they force the door?


3 posted on 06/26/2012 12:02:21 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: marktwain

I have always had a gun in the house and my 3 girls and a boy learned what they did and how to use them from the time they were able to manipulate them and understand what they could do. From about age 12 they knew how to get at a gun and when it might be appropriate. My son ran away from home once when he was 17 and contemplated taking my 9mm but decided it was not a good thing to do and left it. I never worried about any of them about firearms.


4 posted on 06/26/2012 12:05:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson)
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To: marktwain
I have to admit that I am somewhat startled: the writer of this article doesn't have a firearm in the house and she doesn't know whether children should be trained in the safe handling of firearms? From my perspective, a home without at least one firearm is a home with citizens who aren't prepared to do their duty to defend their family and their neighborhood if they are needed. Training your children how to handle and use firearms safely is an important part of training them on the seriousness of their responsibilities as adults-in-process and responsible citizens.

Anything else is irresponsible and well, unpatriotic.

5 posted on 06/26/2012 12:06:20 PM PDT by Chainmail
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To: marktwain; Kartographer; blam
Do you think it's a good thing for teens to know how to handle guns?

Not only is it good to KNOW how to use weapons, but my stepdaughters will learn to shoot at least at the Sharpshooter level.

And they will learn the double-tap.

6 posted on 06/26/2012 12:06:20 PM PDT by Old Sarge (Sic gorgiamus allos subjectatos nunc... not just pretty words...)
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To: Squidpup

Bravo Zulu!!! 14 years old and probably scared out of his wits; he still puts the first one into center of mass. Way to go, kid.


7 posted on 06/26/2012 12:09:10 PM PDT by Jim Ralls
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To: marktwain
GERRY, K-31
8 posted on 06/26/2012 12:09:46 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: Old Sarge

There’s a very heartwarming video on youtube of a ~13 yr old girl taking down (didn’t want to use the word “stripping”) an AR-15 and putting it back in just a matter of seconds.


9 posted on 06/26/2012 12:11:57 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: SMARTY

Everyone should learn a lesson from this.

The tactic used by the intruders was to send the “less threatening” female to the door, while her accomplice was probably hiding close by waiting for the door to open.


10 posted on 06/26/2012 12:13:16 PM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Squidpup
Congratulations to the young man, and also to whom ever taught him not jerk but squeeze the trig er.A house protected by those two guys ( Smith and Wesson) sleeps well at night. My 44S Special gives me much cumfort.
11 posted on 06/26/2012 12:16:13 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 ("The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you.,not to harm you, Plans to give you hope)
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To: Squidpup
Congratulations to the young man, and also to whom ever taught him not jerk but squeeze the trig er.A house protected by those two guys ( Smith and Wesson) sleeps well at night. My 44S Special gives me much cumfort.
12 posted on 06/26/2012 12:16:23 PM PDT by BooBoo1000 ("The plans I have for you are plans to prosper you.,not to harm you, Plans to give you hope)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Is that the guy who protected his siblings?


13 posted on 06/26/2012 12:17:13 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: Squidpup

Ah, but did the 14-year-old racially profile that man who was simply holding a gun on the property he entered uninvited? Surely Eric Holder would say that the man was not doing anything illegal simply by breaking in the door and standing on somebody else’s property...

I’m sure if the man in the hospital calls Eric Withholder’s 1-800 phone line, he can get that 14-year-old arrested for racial profiling of that poor, innocent man.

/s


14 posted on 06/26/2012 12:22:56 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: marktwain

I like the “step” approach to gun training for children, which starts them on BB guns, to learn basic marksmanship with an inexpensive ammo, then .22 shorts with iron sights and .22 LR with a scope. Lots of practice cleaning as well.

From there move to handguns, mostly because there is so much lore involved with the proper use, tactics, open and concealed carry, maintenance and cleaning. That is, the gun use part is pretty easy at this point, it’s the rest of the stuff that they need to learn, which is why they need to be older.

From there, shotguns and explosives. And I personally think that knife lore needs to be integrated to this at some point, perhaps with martial arts, so they understand some of the core ideas of armed and unarmed conflict.


15 posted on 06/26/2012 12:23:00 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: MrB

Right.


16 posted on 06/26/2012 12:23:49 PM PDT by SMARTY ("The man who has no inner-life is a slave to his surroundings. "Henri Frederic Amiel)
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To: MrB

That tactic is being used on the macro level down in AZ right now too. Invite the “poor little kids” in, and once the door is open - wham!


17 posted on 06/26/2012 12:27:46 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: marktwain
You'd think the perp would have been IDed by now, his photo posted, and his long arrest record published.

But it hasn't. At least that I've seen. I wonder why?

18 posted on 06/26/2012 12:35:22 PM PDT by mojito
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Swiss K-31. Nice rifles.


19 posted on 06/26/2012 12:42:47 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

Some of the prettiest machine work I’ve ever seen on that rifle, and it’s a tack driver to boot.


20 posted on 06/26/2012 12:45:58 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: butterdezillion
Nope, that's my blue twisted steel grandson, we raise them lean and mean around here.

When he started shooting he barely outweighed the rifles he was using.

21 posted on 06/26/2012 12:49:03 PM PDT by SWAMPSNIPER (The Second Amendment, a Matter of Fact, Not a Matter of Opinion)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

I believe you can stand very proud of that handsome young man. Looks like he is able to look anyone in the eye as a equal. Kudos Sir.


22 posted on 06/26/2012 12:58:58 PM PDT by yellowroses (A yankee in Texas)
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To: marktwain
If you have a gun in the house, everyone who lives there should have training.
Actually, everybody should have basic gun training, period.
If kids can be taught safe sex, they can certainly learn firearm safety.

23 posted on 06/26/2012 1:03:39 PM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: SWAMPSNIPER

Congratulations! He looks like a keeper. =)

(I don’t think I’d mess with him, if I was a crook.)


24 posted on 06/26/2012 1:07:41 PM PDT by butterdezillion
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy
I like the “step” approach to gun training for children, which starts them on BB guns, to learn basic marksmanship with an inexpensive ammo, then .22 shorts with iron sights and .22 LR with a scope. Lots of practice cleaning as well.

I agree wholeheartedly as my dad did that with me and my brothers. I actually won first place in a district wide 4-H shooting contest as a 13 year old. My nine year old grandson can "shoot your eye out" right now if I told him to. We sit in the empty stock pond and destroy as much dirt as we can with his 10/22. Good Times.
25 posted on 06/26/2012 5:22:25 PM PDT by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: MrB; SMARTY

The tactic around here is to have the female see if the house is occupied or not. And if not - they break in. Happened to a young girl just up the street. She ignored the knock. Shortly after she heard a noise in the back of the house (sliding door jimmed open).

She gets up from the computer, goes in the hallway and sees the guy. The guy swears and runs out the back. She runs out the front to a neighbor. The guy RETURNS! running into the house through the now open front door and exits the rear after a few minutes inside.

Cops did finally catch him.

Our kids are told to NEVER open the door for a stranger and only select neighbors. Never a cop either. For strangers, if they are alone, they are to yell “DAD - there’s someone at the door!!” pause.... “I don’t know who it is!” pause Yelling out the upstairs window “Sorry - we don’t want any!”


26 posted on 06/26/2012 5:33:58 PM PDT by 21twelve
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"Tori Nonaka (15) shooting at the 2010 Pro-Am match. Tulsa. OK"

Fifteen year old girl hits the targets using her sights and knowing how to "run the gun" (watch the reload at 1:52).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7KnBDIbgbMk&feature=player_detailpage

27 posted on 06/26/2012 6:40:31 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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